Harold E Shaw
Butcher Harold E Shaw of Marple Bridge with a pony and trap in front of his shop on Town Street. Marple Local History Society Archives.
Monday 10th April 2017: Kevin Dranfield - The Goyt Miner
The Society’s season draws to a close with the April meeting. The meeting will comprise of three parts. Firstly, an AGM section, secondly a presentation by Kevin Dranfield, author of ‘Goyt Valley Miner’. Kevin’s mother, Phyllis, was the eldest daughter of Jack and Mary Hewitt. Jack was the last of four generations of his family to mine in the Goyt valley. And was the final manager of the Castedge Mine, which lay just below Errwood Hall. During the 17th century and beyond coal was mined in the upper Goyt Valley - by following narrow seams horizontally into the hillside, rather than digging down. High-quality coal, much in demand by local blacksmiths, was produced at the Castedge pit. By the early 1900s most of the other mines in the area had closed. But the Castedge mine survived until September 1933. But why? Learn on the night. And finish with, the third section of the evening, tea and cake. That, alone, should entice you along to the meeting!
Recently as part of ROL (Revealing Oldknow's Legacy Project), two lectures were given by Rachel Reader of Salford University on the some of the methods used in Desk Based Assessment in Archaeology. During the course of these lectures Rachel handed out a list on Online Sources. Rachel has kindly given permission for the list to be published. This is here on the website and click to reach a pdf of the list.
About the Society
The Society was formed in 1961, following almost a decade of interest in local history matters. Originally The Marple Antiquarian Society, it became The Marple Local History Society in 1990. As a society, we research the history of Marple, endeavouring to unfold it's story, along with that of the surrounding area, including Marple Bridge, Mellor, Compstall, Strines, Hawk Green and High Lane. Monthly meetings are held between September and April, several field trips are made each year. The society publishes a range of publications, has an active archive session on Thursday mornings, and organises occasional exhibitions. More details here. The Society is a Registered Charity, 500099.
There was no problem with finding Wentworth Woodhouse. With 365 rooms, it is the biggest house in Europe. Quite a contrast to the miners’ cottages that we passed on the way there. However it might not have 365 rooms as our friendly guides wouldn’t confirm that. How do you classify a corridor with eight fireplaces or a cupboard bigger than a bathroom? We hoped to understand this problem once we got inside the house but where was the front door? It began as a Jacobean house with a gateway by Inigo Jones and that is still the core of the house as nothing is ever knocked down. The first Marquess wanted something rather grander so he grafted a very large baroque house onto it - the west front.